Permissions problems are being a huge PIMA

Steve Morris samorris at
Mon Jan 31 20:20:03 UTC 2011

On 01/02/11 06:19, gene heskett wrote:
> On Monday, January 31, 2011 02:18:25 pm Tom H did opine:
>> On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 10:46 AM, gene heskett <gheskett at> wrote:
>>> I do the 99.999999999% of my email activities from a nice comfy chair,
>>> in a nice comfy heated house.
>>> The machine in the shop runs 24/7 though, so it is 'mounted' as a cifs
>>> share, and this is where the PIMA starts.
>>> Because the *buntu's start their user number schemes at 1000, whereas
>>> the rest of the known universe starts at 500, even though I am the
>>> user gene on both boxes, I have no write perms via cifs in the
>>> /home/gene tree on the milling machines kubuntu install.
>>> So that I can save a useful bit of rs-274 nc code directly from an
>>> email received on this machine, directly to the
>>> /home/gene/emc/nc_files directory on that *buntu box in the shop,
>>> what then is the std procedure to establish that the user gene=500 on
>>> this box, is the user gene=1000 on that box?
>> The "UID_MIN 1000" setting is a Debianism that you can modify in
>> "/etc/login.defs".
> As that is set at install time, from read-only media, that doesn't sound 
> practical to do now.
>> If you're using samba, you can use the "username map" smb.conf option
>> with /path/to/file/
Hi Gene, if you are going down this path you may want to look at
installing Webmin, which is a browser based system configuration tool. I
haven't looked at this for a while but earlier versions provided an
interface to build this mapping for you, with the main intent of
translating from windows usernames to linux usernames, but the same
concept applies here.


> Now this I'll have to look up, thank you!
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